Script-writing for Television II (shows)

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Script-writing for Television II (shows)

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies, Media Studies, Public Relations, Radio - Television - Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The aim of this course is the acquisition of knowledge, both theoretical and through hands-on
    experience, on the diverse formats of TV shows. An overview of the history of these genres, from key
    shows of the past decades to the most recent ones and, moreover. A focus on well-known examples are
    part of the curricula, as are the assignments that students must complete, creating excerpts of TV
    shows, scripts and formats.
    Students should be able to:
    1. Learn what is a TV show format and script.
    2. Identify the different genres of TV shows.
    3. Create the basics of the dynamics of a TV show format.
    4. Write a TV show script in a fictional way (as monologues, sketches).
    5. Get a global perspective on international franchises of TV shows formats.
    6. Use a critical point of view analyse various TV show genres and formats.
    1) A scope on history and the present situation of TV shows.
    2) Comedy programs (sketches, monologues, etc)
    3) Daytime shows / Late night shows
    4) Reality shows
    5) Talent/Coach shows.
    6) Documentary
    7) New formats (hoax, scripted reality, etc)
    1. Masterly Classes
    Acquiring knowledge about the fundamentals of TV shows, including different genres and global franchises.
    2. Practices
    Analysis and presentations on TV shows, creating and writing basic excerpts of TV shows.
    3. Student¿s tasks
    Presentation of specific TV shows.
    Writing, both in teams and individually, excerpts of TV shows scripts.
    TV writing is structured in lectures and practical sessions. The course will be delivered through one lecture and one practical session per week. The practical will be explained one week in advance and it can be individual or in groups. Most of the practical exercises will be presented and discussed in class. Practicals will count for 40% of the final grade.
    Student will have a final exam related to the lectures. This exam will count for 60% of the final grade.
    The active and informed participation of students in practical classes and tutorials will be assessed for the purpose of improving the overall grade.
    % end-of-term-examination: 60
    % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals?): 40
    - ANDREJEVIC, MARC. Reality TV : The Work of Being Watched , Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, , 2004.
    - FEILIZEN, CECILIA VON. Young people, Soap Operas and Reality TV : Yearbook the International
    Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media,, Nordicom, Göteborg University, , 2004
    - SMETHURST, WILLIAM. How to Write for Television : A Guide to Writing and Selling Successful TV Scripts,
    Howtobooks, , 2007

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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